Monday, March 28, 2011

You've Fooled Around Long Enough!

OK. You've had all these years to become the creative genius you always dreamed you'd be. All these years to express your heart and would as an artist. To follow your dreams in ways other folks only dream of...

But you did other things.

You listened when people said, "Aw don't major in music, you'll have to end up teaching snot nosed 3rd graders." So you didn't major in music and dropped out of college when it got excruciatingly boring. (Wait, that was me).

You shook your head when the Lord called early in life because you looked at the corny people serving in the church and said, "Nope, not for me, Yikes!" So you walked past the Call and into a more normal life. (Wait, that was me too).

You met someone and started a family, and your music or art fell to the wayside as you went your merry way through the American dream. (OK, this one isn't really me so much, but I bet someone reading this finds this familiar).

These are the things I hear from most people I meet who are ready to take drastic steps in getting back to music, or whatever artistic talent they left behind all those years ago when they were more free to pursue artistic things.

Now, there's too much to do. Johnny needs braces so we have to work two jobs, and the car needs tires, and now I have this sewing circle (This is NOT me), there's duties at church, there's hobbies, there's sports and ballet for the kids, and whose gonna cut the yard...

Bill Cosby used to have a routine where his wife looks at the kids sometime towards the end of dinner and says, "OK, you've fooled around long enough!" And then she instructs them to go upstairs, get showered, and get to bed. Cosby shakes his head and says, "If only these poor brain damaged children would do this, there would be no beatings!" Then he pauses and looks at the audience. "But there's going to be a beating - tonight!"

Well, here I am looking at you. It may be dinner time of your life. You've had a long day, you've pushed the creative peas under your roll, and you're poking at the workaday chicken of your life.

Well, you've fooled around long enough!

Listen, we were NOT given these gifts to stick into a computer in our basements. We weren't only made to be able to sing at a wedding every once in a while. We weren't given the talent to draw so we can doodle on napkins.

We should be COMPELLED to use our gifts.

"For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst." Job 32:18-19

Janice Elsheimer writes this in her great book, The Creative Call: "Our gifts are not from God to us, but from God through us to the world. When we fail to use these gifts, we suffer the same way a person accustomed to regular physical activity may feel pent up, out of sorts, and off-balance after going several days without exercise. When we try to live without exercising our creative gifts, we may feel restless and empty. Life lacks fullness. Something buried deep within longs to emerge."

And remember, it is never too late.

Sometimes we just have to flip the switch. I've heard story after story of people just deciding one day, "I'm going to get back to singing/painting/writing/dancing/basket-weaving..." And then they make up for lost time going working on their craft with vigor.

I find that pursuing creative things keeps the ugly parts of life away. Time playing the piano, writing a song, designing a web site, or doing inventive marketing for my art keeps me extremely sane (even though anyone who knows me would think otherwise...).

So, are YOU ready to stop fooling around?

Maybe you've tried your hand at your gift but the time wasn't right. Or maybe the end result wasn't quite what you wanted because of who you worked with. Or maybe your support system was awful.

Whatever the reason, it's time to get back on the horse.

Quit taking the beatings.

You've fooled around long enough.

Have a great week!

Eric Copeland has fooled around long enough to know, it's time to get serious. As a producer for his company Creative Soul Records, as well as author and speaker, (and he likes to think gifted basketballer), Eric spend alot of time with creative folk. If you need any help with your gifts, check out

1 comment:

  1. Eric, I'm new to this site and just joined you on Face Book. This post hit right on the thoughts I had while praying this morning. Thanks for the confirmation.
    See you in a twinkling,
    Brenda K. Hendricks


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